Arm sore 3 weeks after blood draw

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   Posted 4/24/2012 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
The tech who drew my blood 3 weeks ago did a terrible job. It hurt while she did it and when I left. It continued to hurt for several days. Now 3 weeks later, it doesn't hurt 100% of the time, but if I have used it all day on the computer and such, it will be a little sore.

Is this normal or should I see a dr? Thanks!

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   Posted 4/24/2012 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have very deep and difficult veins, they call me a hard stick. I've had times where I've been sore for several weeks. Try icing it, that can help a lot. I would even sit at restaurants and hold my glass of ice water on top of the sore spot. It can bring the inflammation down in a few days.

Do you have any bruising? Sometimes I get black bruising from internal bleeding, again the ice helps it

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   Posted 4/25/2012 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had that happen before--especially after 24 tubes of blood were taken.  My arm hurt for several weeks.  Even a year later, when I was walking outside on a cold, rainy evening, that area began hurting again until it got warm.
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   Posted 4/25/2012 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel your pain! My doctor always uses a smaller needle on me, but when I do have to go to the lab I end up sore for a while - surprisingly sore for what it is! Try telling them next time that you're sensitive, and ask if they can use a smaller needle on you?
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